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Shreveport native makes history as Chief Judge

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Judge Carl Stewart is back in Shreveport after making history by becoming the first African American Chief Judge of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday.

Judge Stewart was appointed to the position when Judge Edith H. Jones stepped down from the position two months early.

The judge spoke to KSLA News 12 about how moving into the court's top spot will help him inspire children from all backgrounds in Shreveport and surrounding areas.

"They can overcome the things they don't have like two parents in the home or a lot of money or whatever. It's doable," says Judge Stewart.

Former President Bill Clinton first appointed Judge Stewart to the court in 1994.

Judge Stewart is based in Shreveport but travels back and forth to New Orleans. The Shreveport native says that there is nothing better than being able to achieve in your hometown.

"It does give you inspiration that there are people that are proud that you are where you are, and hope for the best that you will be able to do a good job," says Stewart about the kind and warm hearted words of encouragement from the Shreveport community.

Judge Stewart will serve as Chief Judge of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the next seven years.

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